Customer Reviews: The Comeback Kids: Cincinnati Reds 2010 Championship Season
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on December 9, 2010
This book brings out the spirit and excitement of the Cincinnati Reds 2010 baseball season. The results of the Reds season far exceeded expectations and this book does an amazing job of getting you to feel the wonderful achievements of this team. Writers Jacobs and Schmetzer walk you through the decisions made before pre-season and then take you through the pivotal games of the summer that really crafted this wonderful outcome for a deserving Cincinnati. If you are a casual Reds fan, you'll want to read this and if you were a fan during the Big Red Machine days of the 70's, you have to read this.
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on December 18, 2011
Prior to the start of the 2010 season, not many baseball experts picked the Cincinnati Reds to win the NL Central championship. After all, the Reds had been mired in a sustained period of mediocrity since the Clinton administration, and the last time they won a World Series championship was way back in 1990, when they upset a heavily favored Oakland A's team - managed by Tony LaRussa - in four straight games.

Twenty years later, the Reds were on the verge of getting the better of LaRussa once again; this time, as manager of the defending NL Central champion St Louis Cardinals. As Joe Jacobs and Mark Schmetzer chronicle, the Reds were a resilient bunch of ballplayers in 2010, keeping pace with St Louis well past the All-Star break, before finally pulling away in mid-August. With a healthy Scott Rolen posting great offensive numbers and playing his usual Gold Glove-caliber third base, and Joey Votto on his way to an MVP season, the Reds always seemed to win when they had to; the mark of a good team.

The turning point in the season came in early August, when a riled-up Cardinals team swept a three-game series on the Reds' home turf, highlighted by a wild bench-clearing brawl in the second game of that series. Seemingly, the Cardinals had gained the necessary momentum to take control of the race; the Reds didn't agree. Over the next several weeks, Cincinnati played as well as any team in baseball, while the Cardinals mysteriously stumbled and bumbled their way through the rest of the schedule, inexplicably losing with startling regularity to teams like the Cubs, Astros, and Brewers. By early September, the race was essentially over; Cincinnati was on its way to the post season for the first time in fifteen years.

Although the Comeback Kids of 2010 wouldn't be mistaken for the Big Red Machine of the mid '70s, it was still a pretty good ballclub, giving Reds' fans their fair share of thrills throughout the year; if you're a fan of the Cincinnati Reds, you'll definitely enjoy the story.
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on December 11, 2010
The Comebacks Kid is a great book reliving the rollercoaster 2010 Cincinnati Reds season. The authors, Joe Jacobs and Mark Schmetzer capture all the excitement of the surprising 2010 Reds. A great read for all Reds fans
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on March 17, 2011
I loved the book because I don't see a lot of coverage of the Reds living in Delaware. Scott Rolen is my all time favorite player so it was great reading this book.
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on December 19, 2010
This book is a must have for any Reds fan that shared the journey of the 2010 season. It takes you back through every month and brings back all the joys and frustrations. There are a lot of great pictures and also little tidbits of information from the Opening Day parade to the race of the Reds' mascots on the scoreboard. These authors did a great job of putting together so much information in such a short time.
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on October 4, 2013
I was really excited about this purchase, and the book itself is a fun, nice memento, but the book which was supposed to be in "very good" condition, was coffee stained on every page.
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on August 20, 2012
This is a must have for any Cincinnati Reds fan. The book is written very well and has great pictures in it.
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on April 19, 2016
great book
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